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Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government  (CAATOG)
July 1, 2011 – October 1, 2012
Financed by grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

Goal of the project: To address problems with active transparency and accountability of government bodies AIP will continue the monitoring on the active disclosure of information online; will analyze the situation with public registers and disseminate knowledge among the more active users – journalists, strengthening its country network; will share experience with members of Freedom of Information Advocates Network partner organizations specialized in monitoring.     

To achieve the goal of the project AIP will implement the following activities:

  1. Special survey with regard to public registers and launch of an online interactive handbook
  2. Trainings of journalists on how to use public registers and on institutional obligations for active publication
  3. Audit on institutional web sites with regard to obligations for active disclosure of public information on the base of developed criteria and indicators and analysis of the result
  4. Systematization and analysis of advocacy work of AIP for improving the situation of access to information – annual report Access to Information in Bulgaria
  5. Organization and holding a Monitoring Conference to share experience with FOI Advocates Network organizations.

Expected results:

  • Improved Access to Public Information Act implementation and information provision practices;
  • More public information available on the web sites of public institutions;
  • Decreased number of information requests registered in the annual Report on the State of the Administration;
  • Increased accountability and transparency of public institutions;
  • Increased public awareness on the right of information for good governance;
  • Developed skills among information seekers, especially journalists, on how to use their right of access to information and actively disclosed information in their work;
  • More active exercise of the right of access to information by citizens, journalists and NGOs;
  • Increased number of legal consultations provided by AIP legal team to information seekers;
  • Increased expert and organizational capacity of AIP team and its network.

Achieved results:

  • AIP legal team reviewed and analyzed 131 laws and more than 150 secondary legal acts related to the creation and maintaining of public registers in Bulgaria.
  • 4,449 public registers were identified and 696 institutions which are responsible for their maintaining.
  • 314 public registers were reviewed from the point of view of online accessibility, regime of access, format, content description and search possibilities.
  • The special web portal www.publicregisters.info was launched. It contains the information for 314 public registers integrated from AIP special survey software:
    - Name of the public register;
    - Institution responsible for the maintaining of the public register;
    - Direct Internet address to the register if online accessible;
    - Regime of access – free online, paid, after registration;
    - The format in which the public register is maintained – Interactive Data Base, Word, Excel, Html;
    - Search possibilities;
    - Indication of a last update;
    - Description of the content of the public register provided by the body responsible for the maintaining;
    - Law under which the public register shall be maintained;
    - Quotation of the relevant legal provision of the law under which the register is maintained;
    - Quotation of the secondary legal act regulating the maintaining and the access to the public register.
  • The web portal www.publicregisters.info gives an opportunity for listing by the name of the public register, by the name of the responsible public body, by law or legal act regulating the creation and maintaining of the public register.

    Read: AIP Created and Launched www.publicregisters.info by AIP Executive Director published in the December 2011 issue of AIP Monthly Newsletter, disseminated electronically to 2,300 subscribers.


    Shumen, 20 July 2012

    On July 20, 2012 in Radio Shumen at the town of Shumen, AIP held a training with journalists from Shumen, Razgrad, Dobrich, Varna and Silistra

    Gergana Jouleva, AIP Executive Director, presented the results from the 2012 AIP audit on the active disclosure of public information online performed by AIP in January - March 2012. She emphasized that a number of institutions have improved their web sites since then, the AIP audit also contributing to positive changes of active transparency.

    Alexander Kashumov, Head of AIP legal team, presented cases assisted by AIP legal team, in which public registers were successfully used by journalists in their investigations. Ivan Mihalev, Editor in Capital weekly, shared his experience in using public registers for investigations.

    28 journalists took part in the training. The Ombudsman of Shumen, Ivan Kapralov also attended. He suggested that the regional ombudmen's web sites should also be audited.

    The trainings was the last in a series of 7 held within the framework of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government (CAATOG) supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.



    Sliven, 13 July 2012

    On July 13, AIP held a training with journalists from Sliven, Yambol and Burgas

    The training session was the sixth within the framework of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government (CAATOG) supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Gergana Jouleva, AIP Executive Director, presented the results from the 2012 AIP audit on the active disclosure of public information online performed by AIP in January - March 2012. She emphasized that a number of institutions have improved their web sites since then, the AIP audit also contributing to positive changes of active transparency.

    Alexander Kashumov, Head of AIP legal team, presented cases assisted by AIP legal team, in which public registers were successfully used by journalists in their investigations. Ivan Mihalev, Editor in Capital weekly, and recepient of the Chernorizets Hrabar Award for Investive Journalism, shared his experience in using public registers for investigations.



    Veliko Tarnovo , 29 June 2012

    On June 29, 2012 in Veliko Tarnovo, AIP held the fifth training out of a seres of 7 with journalists from local and regional media.

    22 journalists from Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Lovech, Ruse and Targovishte took part in the training on how to use public registers and on public bodies obligations for active publication of information

    Fani Davidova from AIP legal team presented the results from the 2012 AIP audit on the active disclosure of public information online performed by AIP in January - March 2012.
    Alexander Kashumov, Head of AIP legal team, presented cases assisted by AIP legal team, in which public registers were successfully used by journalists in their investigations. Ivan Mihalev, Editor in Capital weekly, and recepient of the Chernorizets Hrabar Award for Investive Journalism, shared his experience in using public registers for investigations.


    Advocacy for Access to Information – Achievements and Challenges: Summary of speeches and discussions

    Access to Information Programme has summarized the speeches and the outcomes of the discussions during the conference Advocacy for Access to Information – Achievements and Challenges. During the two days conference held by Access to Information Programme on 15-16 June 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria,  leading organizations in the access to information area from 12 countries (Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Spain, UK) shared achievements and discussed the challenges for the freedom of information advocates.

    The agenda, information about the panelists and outline of the presentations.

    The conference was held within the framework of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government (CAATOG) supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.



    Gergana Jouleva, AIP Executive Director, opens the conference

    15 Years Advocacy for Access to Information – Achievements and Challenges

    Access to Information Programme (AIP) held the Conference Advocacy for Access to Information – Achievements and Challenges on June 15 – 16, 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference was dedicated to AIP 15 years’ advocacy work in the field of access to information.

    The agenda, information about the panelists and outline of the presentations.

    The conference was held within the framework of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government (CAATOG) supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.


    On May 18, 2012 in the town of Kardzhali, AIP held a training with journalists on how to use public registers and on public bodies obligations for active publication of information. Local media journalists from the towns of Kardzhali, Smolyan, and Haskovo took part.

    The training was the fourth out of 7 planned in the country. The first was held in in Kyustendil on March 16, 2012, the second - in Vratsa on March 30, and the third in Plovdiv - on April 20. The next will be held in the towns of Veliko Tarnovo (June 29), Sliven (July 13) and Shumen (July 20).

    The trainings are held within the framework of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government (CAATOG) supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.


    AIP presented the Annual Report Access to Information in Bulgaria 2011

    On May 17, 2012 Access to Information Programme presented its annual report Access to Information in Bulgaria 2011 (in Bulgarian) at a presconference in the Bulgarian News Agency. The twelfth report contains recommendations for facilitating the access to information and increasing the transparency and accountability of the public administration; analysis of the effective access to information legislation with a focus on the Internal APIA Implementation Rules of the public bodies; results from the 2012 AIP audit on the active disclosure of public information online by the executive bodies; analyses of the access to information cases referred to AIP for legal help; an overview of the most interesting developments in the FOI litigation in 2011

    The Report is published with the financial support of the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Trust) in the framework of the projectCivil Audit of Active Transparency of Government.


    AIP Presented the 2012 Active Transparency Rating and the Public Registers Portal in Bulgaria

    On April 4, 2012, at a press conference at the Bulgarian News Agency, Access to Information Programme presented the 2012 Active Transparency Rating and the Public Registers Portal in Bulgaria. The two surveys are made within the implementation of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government, supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.

    The third training for journalists on how to use public registers and on public bodies obligations for active publication of information out of the seven planned for 2012, was held by AIP in Plovdiv on April 20. Journalists from local and regional media from Plovdiv, Pazardzhik, and Stara Zagora attended. The lecturers were Kiril Terziiski, AIP legal team, Alexander Kashumov, AIP legal team, and Ivan Mihalev, Editor in Capital weekly.

    More information about the training in Plovdiv is available in AIP monthly FOI Newsletter for April (in Bulgarian).

    On March 30, 2012 in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry - town of Vratsa, AIP held a training with journalists on how to use public registers and on public bodies obligations for active publication of information. Local media journalists from Vidin, Pleven, and Montana also took part.

    Gergana Jouleva, AIP Executive Director, presented the results from the 2012 audit on institutional web sites with regard to obligations for active disclosure of public information performed by AIP and the special web portal www.publicregisters.info. Alexander Kashumov, Head of AIP legal team, presented cases assisted by AIP legal team, in which public registers were successfully used by journalists in their investigations. Ivan Mihalev, Editor in Capital weekly, shared his experience in using public registers for investigations.

    The training was the second out of 7 planned in the country. The first was held in in Kyustendil on March 16, 2012. The next will be held in the towns of Plovdiv (April 20), Kardzhali (May 18), Veliko Tarnovo (June 29), Sliven (July 13) and Shumen (July 20).

    The trainings are held within the framework of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government (CAATOG) supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.

    On March 16, 2012 in Hotel Strimon Spa, the town of Kyuistendil, AIP held a training with journalists on how to use public registers and on public bodies obligations for active publication. Journalists from Kyustendil, Pernik and Blagoevrgad local media took part. 

    Gergana Jouleva, AIP Executive Director, presented the results from the 2012 audit on institutional web sites with regard to obligations for active disclosure of public information performed by AIP. Alexander Kashumov, Head of AIP legal team, presented cases assisted by AIP legal team, in which public registers were successfully used by journalists in their investigations. Ivan Mihalev, Editor in Capital weekly, shared his experience in using public registers for investigations.

    The training was the first out of 7 planned in the country - the next will be held in the towns of Vratsa (March 30), Plovdiv (April 20), Kardzhali (May 18), Veliko Tarnovo (June 29), Sliven (July 13) and Shumen (July 20). The trainings are held within the framework of the project Civil Audit of Active Transparency of Government  (CAATOG) supported by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.

     

     

     


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